More than 60 countries represented at 30th Annual Parade of Nations

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HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - It’s not an event you commonly see in the Upper Peninsula, but it’s one many students and community members have come to enjoy throughout the years.

“This is super exciting,” said Nathan Axdorff, Parade of Nations committee member.

There were more than 60 countries represented at Saturday’s Parade of Nations for the community to learn about their culture, and even try delicious food.

“This is a great way to expose everyone to all different cultures across the world, and also for students to engage with the communities,” explained Axdorff.

This is the first year Axdorff has experienced the Parade of Nations here at Michigan Technological University.

“I lived in Ecuador for three years, and I just wanted a way to reconnect with the international communities.”

This is why he decided to serve on this year’s committee, which he explains has helped fill the void he was missing since he left Ecuador.

“It feels like home because I just moved back from Ecuador in April, so here I am back in the international community and having a lot of fun doing it,” he said.

Axdorff isn’t the one enjoying this annual festival.

“I love seeing the crowd that comes out. I love the music. I love to see the traditional dress that’s represented in the different countries of course the food,” said Bonnie Gorman, Dean of Students at Michigan Technological University.

But what Gorman loves most of all is seeing students and the community come together as one.

“It’s amazing to see so many different countries represented here in our community and provide such a great opportunity for people to share their lived experience,” she explained.

If you missed this year’s Parade of Nations, organizers strongly encourage you to come next year.